Lunch at Global Cafe
I haven’t eaten out much for lunch lately. Most of my time during the week is spent working on AFLD clients then grabbing my keys and heading out to get Amira who is still a picky eater. This week, I had to work outside of the home at Crosstown Concourse for an Edible Memphis project. Ya’ll Crosstown is a photographers playground and a foodies heaven. One of the restaurants I have wanted to try for awhile now in Crosstown is Global Cafe so my husband and I made it a lunch date.
One of the things I love about my husband is his willingness to try new things. And, food is our “thing” to explore. Global Cafe was the perfect choice for the both of us to stimulate our need to broaden our food palette. Global Café, is a new international food hall that hosts three immigrant and refugee food entrepreneurs cooking and selling an eclectic mix of affordably priced cuisines. It’s like traveling to a different country you please to familiarize yourself with the culture and the food on your lunch hour in Memphis. The food entrepreneurs and the team together have origins in countries like Sudan, Syria, Nepal, Mexico and Switzerland.
Because we both wanted to explore, we ordered separate dishes from each food counter to share with each other. I ordered Dama with Rous, a beef tender with rice from the Sudanese counter. Daniel opted for Chicken Chow Mein with a side of Mo mo dumplings (vegetarian, chicken & pork). We both really enjoyed each dish. The texture of the beef in the Dama was perfect. The sauce was spicy yet not overwhelmingly spicy. I expected unenjoyable spice from previous experiences eating Sudanese cuisine. Of course, I shared with Daniel. He thought the beef was good perfectly and the spice of the sauce complimented the rather subtle rice.
The Chow Mein was delicious. I have eaten traditional Chinese Chow Mein but not Chow Mein from the Nepal region, so that’s perfectly in position with the mission lol. It was a different yet more bold and robust flavor that I loved. To be honest, I ate more of Daniel’s Chow Mein. Just took over his food. The Mo Mo dumplings were soooooo yummy. I literally could have eaten them alone. I’m pretty sure it is a favorite among vegeterians, as it should.
We rounded out lunch with a Sudanese desert called basta, both strawberry and chocolate. The strawberry was my favorite. It has a very sweet and wholesome strawberry filling with a croissant type outside layer. It would have been so comforting on this fall day with a cup of coffee. I really wanted to try the Syrian baklava but I didn’t have anymore room.
Global Café aims to be a gathering place to bring together guests from all different walks of life interested in learning more about different cultures and enjoying wonderful ethnic food. The staff was so pleasant. I really enjoyed watching the women from each counter interacting with each other and sharing food to sit down and have lunch together. Global Cafe’s mission is all about the entrepreneurs' success, whether within or outside our walls.
Global Café is open for lunch and dinner, has a full bar and provides takeaway and catering options. You should stop by and have lunch or dinner when you are in the Crosstown area. And, they also have happy hour. You will be pleased and leave walking as if you have made an impact in supporting the local food industry here as well as immigrants and refugees.
1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 157
Memphis, TN 38104
Sundays-Thursday 11am - 9pm
Fridays & Saturdays 11am - 10pm